Hitmen solidify depleted lineup

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:57 AM ET

Darcy Werenka and David Jacobson won't need to worry about ice time in Calgary. They'll get lots of it over the next few weeks.

"They do have a chance to play," Calgary Hitmen co-coach and general manager Kelly Kisio said yesterday, announcing the two players were signed to his WHL roster.

"It's a tryout but this is a perfect time for these guys. It's a chance for them to show what they can do and there won't be any shortage of ice time."

Werenka, an 18-year-old left-winger from Airdrie, left the Kamloops Blazers a month ago, citing a lack of ice time, and Jacobson, a 19-year-old centre from Winnipeg, was released by the Vancouver Giants. Both have been biding their time in Tier 2 --Werenka with the AJHL's Drumheller Dragons and Jacobson with Selkirk of the MJHL.

With Andrew Ladd and Ryan Getzlaf at Team Canada's tryout camp and six regulars out with injuries, the signings were crucial.

"We're short of bodies right now," said Kisio.

Jacobson will make his debut tonight against the Kelowna Rockets (7 p.m., Saddledome), while Werenka's status is unsure. According to Kisio, he "banged his head" Friday during an AJHL game.

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CLEARING IT UP: A Sun Media story from Team Canada camp in Winnipeg was unclear yesterday, implying Andrew Ladd had suffered a shoulder injury, allowing Dustin Boyd to make the camp roster. The injury actually occurred at the summer evaluation camp. Ladd is fine and Boyd's play in July merited his selection.


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